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NLK women Digital Literacy

NLK train Women Living with HIV/AIDS in digital Literacy. In addition the training program targets other vulnerable women, girls and OVC participants who may not have been diagnosed or chose not to disclose status. This to reduce stigma and increase opportunities improves positive impacts and sustainability.
The Digital Literacy training is based on the standard with a qualified trainer accountable to the NLK’s management. The training program primarily carries out Basic computer courses consists of Microsoft word, Microsoft excel, Microsoft access and internet usage for three months by a qualified trainer. The program approximately train 100 to 150 target women and provide employment opportunities as well.
To avoid the low placement rates of the target graduated women, NLK promote individually operated internet cafes while generating employment opportunities with leading computer service firms
NLK Link the Digital Literacy skill training to pre-identified employment opportunities through continues labor market assessments and identifying leading computer service firms and internet cafes with growing demand for labor and strong growth rates in the target communities.
The program has successfully trained more than 200 of the target women, girls and children. Currently, these trained target groups have been able to benefit opportunities pertain to digital access whilst able to generate income in either ways of the above mentioned strategies.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »



RosemaryC's picture

Women-friendly internet

Dear Erena:
Thank you for sharing the story of Negem Lela Ken New HIV Positive Women and its work to teach vulnerable women about computers and the digital world so they can connect with the outside world and also learn skills that can generate income. Training 200 women, in such a challenging area of Ethiopia, is a huge accomplishment and your program deserves much credit for its dedication and vision.
I was so interested that you are linking digital training with employment, and wondered if you might be able to talk a little more about how you are doing this, and the experiences of the women who gain employment as a result of the training.
You mentioned individually-operated internet cafes. Does this mean some of the women are establishing their own internet cafes? If so, does NLK provide support for them to do so?
And could you talk a little more about how you create friendly internet centres for women? This seems to be such an important area for us to learn from.
Best regards,

Erena Bayessa's picture

RE-THE NLK Women online

Dear Rosemary,
Thank you so much for your important questions relate my post, I will love to respond to your questions as follows:
The digital training program is among the NLK’s identified strategies to address the social inclusion and economic empowerment for the target deprived women living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable women groups in target communities. NLK Link the Digital Literacy skill training to employment opportunities for the target women upon successfully completing the training program. NLK investment to pre-identified employment opportunities through facilitating forum with leading computer service firms and internet cafes with growing demand for labor in the target communities; Moreover, depend on fund availability, NLK provide capital and materials such computers, printer, photocopy machines and broad band internet modem for the trained women in group to commence their own self operated internet cafes and secretary services

The program has been able to achieve results for the target women in working together with concerned local and international partners consist of Community Based institutions, government entities and private sectors. Among our international partners, the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) base in Toronto, Canada and the African Women Development Fund, based in Accra, Ghana most honored and commendable for their valuable financial contribution to the NLK’s effort

Today, NLK is proud of the commendable achievement made in the target women we have been able to change the lives of the target women, dependents and the community thorough this unique program. The women together to support and encourage each other in the wake of being left with the burden of stigma, isolation and economic problem due to their HIV status

The women have been able overcome the challenge of stigma and isolation by connecting with others members of peer organization with similar cause. Moreover, they are able to generate income to be spent for food, families’ wellbeing including for education of their children by employed in the leading computer service firms and internet cafes in the target communities or by self-operated internet cafes and secretary services in group

Moreover, the improvement come on the lives of the women due the program have challenged the society’s perception of grandmothers. Commonly, women, particularly, the women living with HIV/AIDS viewed as weak, non-productive and a burden to the society. But, these target women have void the perception by proving that they can rightfully take up development roles in the society and are not dispensable as such if they are given the opportunity.

Apart from the achievements, the pandemic impacts have been a continuing challenge among many women in the communities. NLK is aware of significant number HIV/AIDS affected women in the communities who need support in terms of coping mechanisms on emerging challenges and economic empowerment for sustainable means to provide for their families, as well as the orphans under their care. Many of them experience shortage of living, abandonment, isolation, stigma, discrimination and violence which involve physical and psychological harm in their communities.

Thus, NLK is dedicated to maintain the digital literacy training program linked to economic and social empowerment of target women. Of course, the existing women who have benefited from program are out to be a living proof to their peers. They will be integrated in the future program and will be used during the sensitization and capacity building plans for the new groups. Last but not least, any potential contributors to this program are highly appreciated.


Erena, thank you so much for your dedication and your program of digital literacy and digital skill building for women living with HIV / AIDS. Your empowerment means a second chance at life for them. Reaching more than 200 women, girls, and children is an incredible accomplishment!

I am curious, how has your digital inclusion affected the younger girls and children that are taking part?

Please be sure and keep us update and wherever possible, we would love to hear from those who are learning.

Enjoy, and thank you again for your dedication!

Sue (aka Trudy)


"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
(Walt Disney)

MariaAle's picture

Dear Erena, Thank you for

Dear Erena,
Thank you for sharing your amazing story . I really enjoyed how you have become an important role for these women living with HIV/AIDS. As we all know, digital knowledge is extremely important in this Century. Not only for a better life or job opportunities but for speaking out about their personal lives and experiences. We all learn from each other. I'm so grateful and inspired to read that more than 200 women have been trained and positively benefited. Keep the motivation and the hard work, I'm sure this woman will do the same for their community and trough internet we can all support each other.
Best Regards,

Maria Alejandra Alcaraz

Pushpa Achanta's picture

Important story

Dear Erena,

Thanks for this informative piece about a crucial initiative. May NLK continue successfully.


bitani's picture

very inspiring


I am very glad you shared this story with us. This is very inspiring, that young beautiful girls and women with HIV are having the chance to access digital resources. I salut you for your courage.

Also, I believe that if story was a bit expanded and edited it would be awesome to share as a feature on websites or local media in Ethiopia. if you want us to do so please inform me and we can work it out together.

warmest regards,

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

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